What's not to like: Nick Gilbert to represent Cavs at 2019 NBA Draft Lottery

Gilbert was the lucky charm in 2011, 2013 lotto wins

Daryl Ruiter
May 08, 2019 - 1:17 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers are sending their lucky charm back to the NBA Draft Lottery next week.

Nick Gilbert, son of Cavs owner and Quicken Loans CEO Dan Gilbert, will once again represent the franchise at the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery the league announced Wednesday.

It marks the fifth time that the young Gilbert will appear on stage at the event.

Cleveland won the Draft Lottery in 2011 and 2013 with Nick, who coined the phrase “What’s not to like?” after the 2011 win, on stage.

Cavs senior director of basketball operations Brock Aller will represent the team in the room when the ping pong balls are drawn prior to the televised reveal.

The 22-year-old Gilbert suffers from neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to grow anywhere on the body at any time. He underwent successful brain surgery last year before representing the Cavs at the Lottery in Chicago.

Cleveland shares the best odds – 14 percent – with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns to win the No. 1 overall pick. The Cavs, who have a 52.1 percent shot at a top-four pick, won a tie-breaker drawing last month with Phoenix for the second slot meaning the worst they will pick in the draft is sixth.